Choosing the right type and brand of aerial lift is one of the first steps you can take as a fleet owner to maximize productivity and ROI in your workplace. Learn more about the most popular aerial lift brands below and consider each of their unique features, advantages, and level of customer support to find the best option to meet your business goals.
With locations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australia, Snorkel is a top global manufacturer of aerial work platforms. Their mission is to provide a wide range of aerial lifts for different types of accessibility needs, from 12 feet to 125 feet. Snorkel manufacturers scissor lifts and aerial lifts, and their line includes electric slab scissor lifts, rough terrain scissor lifts, push-around mini scissor lifts, speed level lifts, electric boom lifts, articulated boom lifts, telescopic boom lifts, trailer boom lifts, personnel lifts, material lifts, EZ loader custom built delivery trucks, and compact rough terrain telehandlers.
The electric slab scissor lift from Snorkel is a versatile machine with a reach capacity of 17 feet 11 inches, with the platform reaching 11 feet and 11 inches. The TM12 electric scissor lift is used for many types of building and maintenance projects, including accessing ductwork, HVAC systems, electrical systems, and many types of cosmetic work on structures.
The newest machine to enter the Snorkel family, the Snorkel 660SJ, can reach up to 72 feet, and can extend up to 60 feet 6 inches horizontally. It is capable of reaching the top of a 7 story building (at about 70 feet) and can accommodate about 600 pounds on the platform to provide the power for a number of projects and tasks.
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Founded in 1966 with only a compressed air-operated lift to its name, Genie Lift has expanded into one of the most popular aerial lift brands in the country, with a line containing electric, bi-energy and diesel articulating boom lifts, telescopic boom lifts with reach capabilities ranging from 31 to 80 feet, man lifts, scissor lifts, mast lifts, light towers, and telehandlers. Now owned and operated by Terex, Genie has maintained its reputation for providing top quality aerial lifts and ongoing support.
The most up-to-date version of Genie Lift’s flagship product the, Genie Lift™, the GL-4 can be used as a hand truck, forklift or dolly. It is designed for shipping and receiving, lifting heavy objects to and from shelving units, installing and repairing HVAC systems and parts, and many more tasks. The maximum lift height of the GL-4 is 5 feet 11 inches, with a weight capacity of 500 pounds.
The Xtra Capacity line from Genie Lift is a newer development that features a dual-envelope design with an unrestricted platform capacity of 660 pounds. The S-60 XC, member of the Xtra Capacity family, was designed to perform a wide range of heavier lifting tasks on construction and industrial work sites. It can reach up to 59 feet 8.5 inches vertically and 50 feet 10 inches horizontally.
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Founder John L. Grove set out to improve the construction industry in the 60’s with JLG and it has since developed into one of the most popular aerial lift brands on the market with innovative designs. In addition to the unique oscillating axle for increased motion, the extended electric boom lift, and the Workstation in the Sky line for improved productivity at heights, JLG produces electric and hybrid boom lifts, vertical lifts, low-level access lifts, stock pickers, scissor lifts, towable boom lifts, and telehandlers.
The 450AJ articulating boom lift can reach up to 45 feet vertically and 25 feet horizontally, and is designed for working around tricky buildings or smaller spaces where access is limited. Created for improved multifunction and increased capabilities, the 450AJ articulating boom lift is used across many industries.
The electric and hybrid boom lifts from JLG combine eco-friendly with energy efficiency and high productivity. The Compact Crawler boom X430AJ model comes with a 500-pound weight limit and can reach up to 50 feet high and 21 feet 7 inches across. The low weight and rubber tracks increase the versatility for different job sites.
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Skyjack has made its mission since its beginning in 1985 to provide simply reliable aerial lifts to customers. In addition to top-notch customer service and support, Skyjack has developed unique features like the swing out component tray on their scissor lifts. Skyjack expanded its innovative designs to include boom lifts with exclusive direction sensors and steer controls, as well as vertical mast lifts, electric scissor lifts, rough terrain scissor lifts, articulating boom lifts, telescopic boom lifts, and telehandlers.
The SJ85 AJ articulating boom lift from SkyJack has a working height of 91 feet, a platform height of 85 feet, and a horizontal reach of 56 feet. It can hold between 500 and 750 pounds, at least 2 personnel, and comes with many great features that make this boom lift a highly productive and efficient product.
Another versatile product, the SJ643 TH telehandler, features rough terrain pneumatic tires for all kinds of outdoor work on many different worksites. It can lift up to 6,000 pounds, reach up to 43 feet 4 inches, and comes with a single multifunction pilot-operated joystick for optimum efficiency and control.
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Niftylift is another widespread aerial work platform company with locations across Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Australia, and the US. Niftylift’s advanced 3D modeling software combined with comprehensive testing optimizes every part of the design process, to create top quality, highly efficient cherry pickers, booms lifts, and scissor lifts. With all of their products, including self-propelled aerial lifts, self-drive boom lifts, track drive lifts, and static base lifts, Niftylift promises excellent after sales support, easy operation, and minimal maintenance.
The SP34N self-propelled boom lift from Niftylift is designed to provide maximum reach performance from the lightest, most compact base possible. The telescopic boom arm can reach a platform height of 33 feet 6 inches, a working outreach of 20 feet, and can hold over 7,000 pounds. And with only a 4 feet 11-inch wide narrow chassis, the SP34N is made for working in space-restricted areas.
The SD34T self-drive work platform provides optimum accuracy and positioning, with the addition of a telescopic boom arm. The reach capacity of the lift is 35ft platform height, 20 feet outreach, and the hydraulic outriggers and 45% gradeability allow the lift to be driven on uneven surfaces.
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For over 35 years, Teupen has been one of the most popular aerial lift brands for the construction, facility maintenance, tree care, special/sporting events, and window cleaning industries. Teupen specializes in compact, track-mounted lifts that are easily transportable for solving common safety and height access challenges. Learn more about their products in their Canopy Series line made for tree work and the LEO Series for mastering work at great heights.
The TC69A- 75 Ft lift from Teupen is designed for tree work and is the most versatile of their Canopy models. It is easily transported to worksites behind a truck, and the tracked chassis prevents damage to lawns and paved surfaces. With a reach capacity of 75 feet, a compact design, low weight, and articulated boom, the TC69A- 75 Ft lift offers a smoother and improved tree care experience for operators.
The TL35A from the LEO series is Teupen’s smallest lift but offers an enhanced and versatile option for a variety of indoor work challenges. It comes with a maximum working height of 42 feet, maximum outreach of 19 feet, and is compact enough to travel through a single door. The lift is also durable enough to access many outdoor worksites.
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With a product line ranging from slab scissor lifts to rough terrain boom lifts, MEC is a versatile aerial work platform manufacturer with a 40-year history of being among the most popular aerial lift brands. Designed for high-performance ratings, improved productivity, and utmost safety, MEC’s scissor lifts, mid-size and large rough terrain scissor lifts, and diesel and electric-powered boom lifts provide solutions for a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues.
The Titan Boom 60-S from MEC is a monster of a boom lift that combines the reach capabilities of a telescopic boom arm with the wide platform of a scissor lift to hoist workers and their tools up to 60 feet on the platform. It has a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds for up to 4 personnel and equipment, and a gradeability of 40%, allowing it to access uneven outdoor sites safely.
The 2659ERT is a mid-size rough terrain scissor lift from MEC and features a gradeability of 35% and a weight capacity of up to 1,000 pounds to allow it to access many types of outdoor work environments. With a platform size of 133.5 inches when extended, the scissor lift can hold up to 3 personnel with tools, making it a robust and highly efficient rough terrain scissor lift.
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With the purchase of the Bil-Jax Inc. company in 2008, Haulotte Group offers a diverse range of top-grade aerial work platforms for a time and money-saving, one-stop shop experience. Haulotte Group’s fleet includes AWPs, scaffolding and event products, trailer-mounted boom lifts, lightweight self-propelled boom lifts, and a selection of electric scissor lifts and telescopic boom lifts.
The Star 13 is a vertical mast lift from Haulotte Group designed for reaching difficult areas mainly for maintenance work and inside warehouses. With a platform height of 12 feet 6 inches, a weight capacity of 507 pounds, and a height of only 5 feet 9 inches when stowed, the Star 13 offers efficient operation and transportability.
The 45 XA is a self-propelled boom lift from Haulotte Group that offers maximum versatility with its low weight, extensive working height, and low ground pressure. The 45 XA has a platform height of 45 feet, a horizontal outreach of 27 feet, and an up and over height of 20 feet 9 inches. The lift can be easily transported to various work sites and set up in under 30 seconds.
Doing your research on the most popular aerial lift brands for your business is the first step towards improving your workplace’s capabilities and productivity. When searching for a company, look for one that offers the special features, innovations, services, customer support, and operator training you need. In addition to brand-specific training, you also need OSHA-compliant aerial lift certification for your operators.
Learn more about how to get aerial lift certification at AerialliftCertification.com, the number one online provider of fast, easy, one-hour certifications.
This post has been updated as of March 2018 to include new aerial lift models.